According to Mitt Romney, the reason most Republican members didn’t impeach former president Donald Trump during his term as president was because they were afraid of being attacked by Trump supporters.
Mitt Romney gave the revelation to biographer McKay Coppins, who is in the middle of promoting his new book, Reckoning.
The passage in Coppins’ book that’s drawing attention indicates that Republicans were afraid of revenge attacks if they impeached Trump, which many wanted to do.
“One of the biggest revelations to me in my conversations with Romney was just how important the threat of political violence was to the psychology of elected Republicans today,” said Coppins.
Many Republicans wanted to impeach the former president but decided not to out of fear for their personal safety.
“They were afraid of what Trump supporters might do to them or to their families.” That “raises a really uncomfortable question,” Coppins said, which is, “How long can the American project last if elected officials from one of the major parties are making their political decisions based on fear of physical violence from their constituents?“
Donald Trump remains the front-runner for the GOP ahead of the 2024 presidential election.